Cisse celebrates first brace since May 2012 - Back to his best?

Newcastle United

Papiss Cisse scored two vital goals for Newcastle United this afternoon.

Things have certainly gone sour for Newcastle United since the excellent 2012-13 campaign in which they pushed for Champions League qualification.

If one player typifies the drop off from Newcastle and Alan Pardew since then it has to be Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse.

He signed in January of that year and went on a goalscoring frenzy on first arrival.

He bagged an incredible 13 goals in his first 14 games for the club which saw him being tipped for a potential top-scorer for the 2013-14 campaign.

His last two goals of that campaign came against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge - including that sensational volley past Petr Cech from a seemingly impossible angle.

But he has struggled ever since. Cisse managed just four goals in his second campaign at the club and he has not scored since a single strike against Crystal Palace back in March.

But today he was the hero as he bagged his first brace since that May 2012 game at Stamford Bridge.

On a day when protests were held by fans over Pardew's future at the club things looked bad for the Newcastle boss when goals from Nikica Jelavic and Momo Diame had Hull 2-0 up at St James Park.

But Cisse was introduced to the action in the 69th minute and went on to score a quick-fire brace and save Newcastle's blushes.

This was Cisse circa 2013 and Newcastle fans will hope he remains in this form for the remainder of the season. If he does, then the goals will simply flow for Cisse and Newcastle United.

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